Thanks to a $10-million challenge grant made by an anonymous donor, Museum of Nature & Science officials are closing in on their Final Fifty goal to complete the $185-million expansion campaign by year’s end. Inspired by the grant, Museum leaders are launching a community-wide fundraising campaign called “Every Dollar Counts…Twice!” in support of the Perot Museum of Nature & Science, currently under construction in Victory Park and projected to open early 2013.
At Thursday’s Arts of Collin County (ACC) Board Meeting on Feb. 24, 2011, the Board of Directors directed the Executive Director and staff to present a preliminary plan and recommended process at next month’s Board meeting for potentially changing the name of the Arts of Collin County.
The State Fair of Texas has selected 125 Years – A Timeless Tradition as the theme for the upcoming 2011 season (Sept. 30 – Oct. 23). The Fair was established in 1886 and has been the primary tenant of city-owned Fair Park since 1905. This longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship has supported construction, restoration and preservation of facilities in the 277-acre complex for more than a century.
Laura Moore Fine Art Studios presents “Marking Time” a fine art exhibition by Allen-based artist Peggy Epner. Epner’s new collection of wood and encaustic works focuses on the nature of history, destiny and the accumulation of time. Mark your calendars and join us for opening night on Saturday, March 12, 2011, from 7-10 p.m.
Hotel ZaZa Dallas has announced its second collaboration with Turner Carroll Gallery and Art Advisors to bring Hung Liu, one of the most critically acclaimed female artists of our time, to the Stay ZaZa Art House & Social Gallery. The exhibition will be open to the public beginning April 6 and running through May 6, 2011.
Artworks created to dazzle the eyes of Chinese emperors will be the focus of the second Spring Lecture presented by the Tyler Museum of Art. The lecture, titled “The Art of the Dragon Throne: Paintings, Ceramics, and Decorative Furnishings Made for the Emperors of China” will be given by Elizabeth Hammer, Vice President and Specialist in Chinese Paintings for Christie’s, New York, on Thursday, February 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the TMA classroom. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made by calling the Museum at 903.595.100.
Austin’s Cultural Campus, the pedestrian-friendly cultural destination comprised of the five museums located at or near The University of Texas at Austin — the Blanton Museum of Art, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, the LBJ Library and Museum, and The Texas Memorial Museum — has partnered with locally-based Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop and SegCity Austin to develop bike and segway tours.
The Bath House Cultural Center will present a photography exhibition by fifteen artists from the Dead Photographers Society, March 5 to April 9, 2011. An opening reception with the participating artists will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 7 to 9 p.m. Both the exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.
The Bath House Cultural Center will present an exhibition of prints and mixed media art by Laura H. Drapac, Cecelia Feld, Lauren Blair Hirsch, Cecilia Thurman, and Cat Snapp, March 5 to April 9, 2011. An opening reception with the artists will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 7 to 9 p.m. Both the exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.
United Commercial Realty (UCR), a national leader in retail real estate services, property representation, asset and property management and investment sales, has partnered with Dallas Independent School District (DISD) high school students for the third annual “Retail as Art” photography invitational.
The combination of California sunshine, the imminent approach of Valentine’s Day and some of the most beautiful women ever painted proved an irresistible triumvirate to Illustration Art collectors at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills on Friday, Feb. 11 for the company’s $4.132 million Signature® Illustration Art auction. All prices below reflect 19.5% Buyer’s Premium.
Award winning children’s Illustrator E.B. Lewis appears at the Allen Public Library, 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at 300 N. Allen Dr., 75013. E.B. Lewis won a Caldecott Honor for his book Coming On Home Soon and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for Talkin’ About Bessie. Sponsored by the Allen Public Library and the Story Book House in Dallas, this program is free.
Since the Arts of Collin County Board appointed the art selection committee in fall of 2010, the group has met to begin developing an Art Master Plan for selecting and placing new pieces of art throughout the project in; the outdoor sculpture garden, meadow, entrances, trails and interior spaces of the performing arts center such as; the lobbies, learning room, donor room, classroom and visual art gallery.
Amarillo Museum of Art (AMoA) presents the Amarillo College / West Texas A&M University Student / Faculty Exhibition March 25 through April 10, 2011. There will be an opening reception on Friday, March 25 with a Gallery Talk at 6:30 followed by a reception from 7 – 8:30. Wine and hors d’oeuvres are provided by the AMoA Alliance, the Museum’s supporting organization.
The Crow Collection of Asian Art will celebrate the year of the rabbit on Friday, February 18, 2011, from 6 p.m. to midnight as a part of their Crow Collection After Dark series. The event will feature a glow-in-the-dark dragon and lion dance parade, kung fu demos, family-fun art activities, music, candy and bubble tea sampling, fortune telling, late-night karaoke, beer tasting and more.